Braley Family of Long Lake

This is NOT intended to be a COMPLETE record. It is however, a study of this family taken primarily from sources available online on various free and fee sites. Everything in this compilation should be checked against primary sources, where available, for the best accuracy. The authors of this work are not related to this family!

Roger Braley was born 10 December 1776 in Rochester, Massachusetts to Russell and Alice (Hathaway) Braley and died in Chestertown, Warren Co., NY. He married Olive Baker, who also died in Chestertown.

“Roger Braley was a citizen of Chestertown, Warren County, NY, and reared a family of six sons and three daughters, whose names were: [Daniel B.], Russell, Stephen, John, Joseph, Israel, Nancy, Viola, and Ruth.” (1)

Daniel B. Braley was born 1810 in Chestertown, Warren Co., NY to Roger and Olive (Baker) Braley and died 29 July 1841 in Chestertown, Warren Co., NY. He married Abigail Bissell in 1834. She was born 1809 in Shoreham, Vermont and died 12 December 1874 in Newcomb, Essex County, NY.

"...Daniel B. was born 1810, in Chestertown, and there resided for many years, owning and cultivating a good farm. He was accidentally killed in July 1841, leaving a widow and four children. Daniel B. was a hard working man and an upright, worthy citizen. His wife, Abigail Bissell, whom he married in 1834, was a native of Shoreham, VT, and their children were as follows: Phebe Ann..., James O...., Lucina..., and Daniel H... Mrs. Abigail B. Braley died at Newcomb, December 12, 1874, aged sixty-six years." (1)

When Daniel B. was accidentally killed in July of 1841, their eldest child was only five years old, and the youngest would not be born for almost four months. Abigail never re-married. She moved from Chestertown to Newcomb, Essex Co., NY, where she had relatives, sometime between 1850 and 1860 and she remained there until her death. Shortly after her husband’s death, it seems that Abigail sent her 3 older children to live with relatives, keeping Daniel H., the baby born in November 1841, to live with her. It must have been very difficult for her to watch both her sons go off to fight in the Civil War. Because the eldest son had been left widowed with a newborn child, had he not remarried just prior to his enlistment, he would have been excused from the draft in 1863. Abigail’s youngest son also would have been excused from the draft because, young as he was, his mother relied on him to work the farm, their only source of income. Although one would return home wounded, it must have been quite a relief for her to have both return alive, many of her neighbors’ sons did not.

Daniel and Abigail (Bissell) Braley had 4 children:

1.  Phebe Ann Braley, b. 17 February 1835
2.  James Orrison Braley, b. 17 September 1836
3.  Lucina Braley, b. 27 October 1839
4.  Daniel H. Braley, b. 3 November 1841

1.  Phebe Ann Braley was born 17 February 1835 in Chestertown, Warren Co., NY to Daniel B. and Abigail (Bissell) Braley and died after 1920 in probably, Newcomb, Essex Co., NY. She 1st married 1852 in Chestertown, Warren Co., NY, Elijah Wilcox. She married 2nd, in 1875, Matthew Tannahill. He was born 1835 in Quebec, and died 13 February 1900 in Newcomb, Essex Co., NY.

Ten years after her father’s death, at age 15, Phebe was living in the home of Andrew W. Mead, in Chestertown. He and his wife may have been relatives of Phebe’s mother; they were close neighbors. Phebe married Elijah Wilcox two years later and they had one child the following year. By 1881, Phebe had married Matthew Tannahill and they were living in Godmanchester, Huntingdon, Quebec where he was engaged as a farmer. At some point before 1900, they moved to Newcomb, Essex Co., NY where Matthew died in February. That census year shows Phebe, a 60 year-old widow, with the occupation of farmer. Her grandson, Joseph G. Wilcox, then aged 15, was living with her. Ten years later, she was living in Newcomb with her widowed niece, Elsie G. Cox. In 1920, Phebe, then an 84 year-old widow was still living in Newcomb, where she probably died.

Elijah and Phebe Ann (Braley) Wilcox had 1 child:

1.1  James H. Wilcox was born 1853 in New York to Elijah and Phebe Ann (Braley) Wilcox. He married Julia L. who was born about 1856 in New York.

In 1880, the family was living in Newcomb, Essex Co., NY with their three children. James was then engaged as a laborer. They no doubt had more children than those listed here.

James H. Wilcox and Julia L. had at least these four children:

1.1.a  Eda Wilcox, b. abt 1875 in NY
1.1.b  Edna Wilcox, b. abt 1877 in NY
1.1.c  John H. Wilcox, b. abt 1879 in NY
1.1.d  Joseph G. Wilcox, b. April 1885 in NY

2.  James Orrison Braley was born 17 September 1836 in Chestertown, Warren Co., NY to Daniel B. and Abigail (Bissell) Braley and died 3 July 1896 in Long Lake, Hamilton Co., NY. He married 1st in March 1857 in Chestertown, Warren, NY, Julia A. Mead. She was born 24 May 1839 in Chestertown, Warren, NY to Jonathan Mead. She died 28 May 1859 in Chestertown, Warren, NY. He married 2nd, 1 January 1862 in Schroon Lake, Essex Co., NY, Melvina Taylor. She was born 16 October 1842 in Vermont to John Taylor and she died 30 July 1902 in Long Lake, Hamilton Co., NY.

James O. Braley’s father died before his fifth birthday and he seems to have been sent to live with his father’s relatives. In 1850, at age 15, he was living in Chestertown in the home of John and Harriet Braley. Seven years later he married Julia Mead and they had one child. Sadly, Julia died the month following her son’s birth. James lived with his father-in-law for a while, helping to operate the family farm. A few years later, In January 1862, he married Melvina Taylor and seven months after their marriage he enlisted, with his brother Daniel, for service in the Civil War. James enlisted on the 13th of August 1862 at Newcomb, Essex Co. NY. He was mustered into service as a private in Co. E, 118th NY Infantry. Both he and his brother, who served in the same company and regiment, were mentioned in a fellow soldier’s letter home. William Wood, when writing to his parents about friends and neighbors from home, wrote that while they were camped in Washington performing guard duty most of the men in the regiment became sick. William specifically mentioned in a letter dated 24 Sept. 1863 that both James and Daniel were sick in the hospital at Fortress Monroe. It wasn’t until 1864 that the regiment became actively engaged in the fighting, but from May to October of that year, they were engaged continuously and James saw many of his friends and neighbors die. He was mustered out of service 13 June 1865 at Richmond, Virginia.

At the close of the war, he returned to his family in Newcomb, NY. A few years later, James and Melvina had their first child together, a daughter. The family continued to reside in Newcomb where in 1870 James was a retired dry goods merchant. The following year they had a second child who would not survive until his fourth birthday. In 1880 the family was still living in Newcomb, Essex Co., NY where James applied for an Invalid pension. About 1890, when their daughter married, James and Melvina moved to Long Lake, Hamilton Co., NY. He was most likely a member of William Wood Post, No 570, Grand Army of the Republic. James died in the summer of 1896 at Long Lake and was buried in the Long Lake Cemetery. The month following his death, Melvina applied for a widow’s pension. She continued to reside in Long Lake, supplementing her widow’s pension by working as a dressmaker until her death in 1902. Melvina was buried with her husband in Long Lake Cemetery.

James Orrison and Julia A. (Mead) Braley had 1 child:

2.1  Cheney J. Braley was born 9 April 1859 in Chestertown, Warren Co., NY to James O. and Julia A. (Mead) Braley and died 11 November 1943 in Volusia Co., Florida. He married 1st, 13 August 1884 in Minerva, Essex Co., NY, Jennie Eliza DeWolf. She was born 4 December 1857 in Moriah, Essex Co., NY to Leonard and Mary (Ames) DeWolf and she died, probably in Brandon, Rutland Co., VT between 1920 and 1930. He married 2nd, before 1930, Fanny L., who was born abt. 1867 in Vermont.

Cheney’s mother died just a month after his birth and her family, with whom Cheney and his father resided, probably helped care for him until his father re-married just before his third birthday. His stepmother probably cared for him while his father was away serving in the military. Just after his sixth birthday, his father returned from the war. The family resided in Newcomb, Essex Co., NY, where Cheney lived until he married Jennie. He and his wife moved to Brandon, Rutland Co., VT where Cheney worked as a farmer, a mail carrier, and then as a chauffeur. He and Jennie never had children. After 1920, Jennie apparently died and Cheney moved to Daytona Beach, Volusia Co., Florida where he was living with his second wife, Fanny. He died there in 1943.

James Orrison and Melvina (Taylor) Braley had 2 children:

2.2   Elizabeth Julia Braley was born 10 January 1868 in (probably) Newcomb, Essex Co., NY to James O. and Melvina (Taylor) Braley and she died 1951. She married Merton T. Helms about 1890. He was born April 1870 in NY and died 1957.

Merton and Elizabeth made their home in Long Lake, Hamilton County, NY where Merton, sometimes called “Mirt”, worked as a teamster. Their first child, a daughter, was born the year following their marriage and a son was born to them seven years later. In 1910, Merton was the proprietor of a hotel at Long Lake. The family moved to Utica, Oneida Co., NY for a while and in 1920 Merton was employed there as a truck man on the state road. A new child was also listed in their household, a son named Arthur. By 1930 Merton, Elizabeth, Arthur, and William with his family, had all moved back to Long Lake where Merton was a Forest Ranger. Both Elizabeth and her husband Merton are buried in the Long Lake Cemetery.

Mertin T. and Elizabeth Julia (Braley) Helms had 3 children:

2.2.a  Mabel Helms, b. March 1891 <Long Lake, Hamilton Co.&rt; NY and died 1975. In 1930 she was living at the Rome State School in Rome, Oneida Co., NY. Mabel is buried in Long Lake Cemetery.

2.2.b  William James Helms was born 21 July 1897 in Long Lake, Hamilton Co., NY and died 9 June 1985 in Star Lake, St. Lawrence Co., NY. He married Elsie Virginia McIntyre 22 March 1922 at Long Lake, Hamilton Co., NY. She was born 22 January 1899 in Speculator, Hamilton Co., NY to Addison C. and Matilda C. (Slack) McIntyre and she died 30 June 1972.

William enlisted 15 August 1914 at Fort Slocum, NY, at age 18 for service as Corporal MLC Regular Army Reserves U.S. Army in WW I. According to his discharge papers he participated in the following battles: Marne-Argonne, St. Michael’s Offence and others. He served in the Philippine Islands and China 1914, was appointed to the rank of Corporal 23 Feb 1918, was gassed on 4 October 1918, and was discharged on 4 June 1920 at Gouvernor’s Island, NY. A newspaper clipping said that William served in the US Army in China and France in WW I and in the Navy Construction Battalion in the Philippines in WW II.

William, Elsie and their daughter, Freda E., who was born abt 1923 were living in Long Lake, Hamilton Co., NY in 1930 where William’s occupation was listed as Chauffeur - Trucking. He worked for the town of Long Lake for 20 years before retiring in 1961 and also operated Helm’s Liquor Store for 2 years. William was of the Methodist faith; a member of Long Lake Masonic Lodge; American Legion of Vets in Tupper Lake, NY; and Order of the Purple Heart.

Both William and Elsie Helms were buried in Long Lake Cemetery.

2.2.c  Arthur F. Helms, b. abt. 1915 in NY

2.3  Eddie Taylor Braley was born 4 April 1871 to James O. and Melvina (Taylor) Braley and died 12 November 1874. Probably born and died in Newcomb, Essex Co., NY.

3.  Lucina Braley was born 27 October 1839 in Chestertown, Warren Co., NY to Daniel B. and Abigail (Bissell) Braley and died 22 November 1917 in Sherman Co., Nebraska. She married 1st Orville Dunlap 1860 in NY. He was born about 1835 in Vermont and died between 1875 and 1880 in (probably) Nebraska. She married 2nd, Daniel Banford on 16 July 1883 in Loup City, Sherman Co., Nebraska. He was born February 1844 in Ohio.

Orville and Lucina began their lives together in Newcomb, Essex Co., NY where Orville was a farmer. Their first child, a daughter, was born there in 1862. Sometime between 1867 and 1870 the family moved to Bloomfield, Davis Co., Iowa, where Orville bought a large amount of land to farm. It may have been Orville’s brother who moved to Iowa with them as in 1870 an Elmore S. and Sarah A. Dunlap lived next door with their children. Orville and Lucina then moved to Deer Creek, Sherman Co., Nebraska between 1870 and 1875. A son was born to the couple in October 1875. Lucina was then left a widow with her two children when Orville died between 1875 and 1880.

In 1883, Lucina married Daniel Banford. He had served for two years in the Civil War as a private in Co. L, 1st Ohio Infantry. A year after Daniel and Lucina were married, Daniel applied for a pension from Nebraska. The couple seems to have separated and Daniel moved to Tacoma, Pierce Co., Washington by 1890 when he is listed there on the Veterans schedule census. The 1891 Tacoma Directory lists his Occupation as carver; and the 1900 census of the same city gives his occupation as Lumber dealer. Lucina remained in Sherman County, Nebraska and in 1900 was living with her son and his family in the town of Clay. She gave her name as Lucina Banford and was listed as married. By 1910, she had moved into Loup City and was listed as widowed. Her name was given as Lucina Dunlap. When Lucina died in Sherman Co., Nebraska in 1917, her daughter Annette supplied to information for the death record. She gave her name as Lucina Dunlap, born 22 October 1839 in NY. No parents were listed.

Orville and Lucina (Braley) Dunlap had 2 children:

3.1   Annette Dunlap was born 4 March 1862 in Newcomb, Essex Co., NY to Orville and Lucina (Braley) Dunlap and she died between 1920 - 1930 in <St. Paul, Howard Co., Nebraska&rt;. She married Henry A. Wilson 7 March 1881 in <Sherman Co., Nebraska>. He was born June 1859 in Iowa to Andrew J. and Emily J. Wilson and he died after 1930.

Henry and Annette resided in Loup City, Sherman Co., Nebraska where they had seven children with six surviving. Henry was occupied as a farmer. By 1910 the family had moved to Howard County, Nebraska where Henry was the proprietor of a hotel in the town of Cotesfield. By 1917 they had moved into the city of St. Paul where Annette died between 1920 and 1930 and Henry continued to live until at least 1930.

Henry and Annette (Dunlap) Wilson had 7 children:

3.1.a  Bert Wilson, b. Dec 1883 <Sherman Co.&rt; Nebraska
3.1.b  William Wilson, b. Oct 1885 <Sherman Co.&rt; Nebraska
3.1.c  Walter Wilson, b. Feb 1888 <Sherman Co.&rt; Nebraska
3.1.d  Esther Wilson, b. April 1890 <Sherman Co.&rt; Nebraska
3.1.e  Myrtle Wilson, b. Jan 1892 <Sherman Co.&rt; Nebraska
3.1.f  Orville Wilson, b. Oct 1894 <Sherman Co.&rt; Nebraska
3.1.g  Unknown Wilson, b. and d. before 1900 <Sherman Co. Nebraska&rt;

3.2  Edward B. Dunlap was born October 1875 in <Sherman Co.&rt; Nebraska to Orville and Lucina (Braley) Dunlap. He married Olive Sherman 27 September 1897. She was born February 1878 in Nebraska to William W. and Olive Sherman.

“Eddie” and Olive made their home in Clay, Sherman Co., Nebraska and in 1900 were living there with their newborn son. Edward’s mother and Olive’s father were both living with the family. Both were listed as married, but their spouses were not living in the household.

Edward B. and Olive (Sherman) Dunlap had at least 1 child:

3.2.a  Elmer Dunlap, b. July 1899 in Nebraska

4.  Daniel H. Braley was born 3 November 1841 in Chestertown, Warren Co., NY to Daniel B. and Abigail (Bissell) Braley. He married Harriet W. Parker 18 May 1867. She was born 1849 in Long Lake, Hamilton Co., NY to Zenas and Rachel Parker.

Daniel H. was born almost four months after his father was accidentally killed. The biographical sketch of which he is the subject (source #1) gives his year of birth as 1839, however, his older sister was born in October of that year, so he could not have been born then. Additionally, source #2 gives 3 Nov. 1841 as his date of birth and the 1900 census gives the date of Nov. 1841.

Daniel enlisted 11 Aug 1862 at Newcomb, Essex, NY (with his older brother, James) at age 21 as a Private in Co. E, 118th NY INF. He was mustered in 30 Aug 1862. He was mentioned in William Wood's letter dated 24 Sept. 1863 as being in the hospital at Fortress Monroe, VA (along with his brother James). He was injured in May 1864 at Drewry’s Bluff and then promoted to the rank of Corporal 31 Jan 1865. Daniel was mustered out of service 13 June 1865 at Richmond, VA.

"Daniel H. Braley, a prosperous general farmer of the Town of Newcomb, in the western part of Essex County, and a veteran of the Civil War, was born in Chestertown, Warren County, NY, November 3, 1839, son of Daniel B. and Abigail (Bissell) Braley." (1)

Daniel H. Braley was brought face to face with hard work at a very early age, as his father's untimely death left his mother in straitened circumstances, with a family of small children to be cared for. He received a district-school education, and resided at home, assisting in carrying on the farm, until August 1862, when he enlisted as a private in Company E, One Hundred and Eighteenth Regiment, New York Volunteer Infantry, for service in the Civil War. While upon active duty at Drewry's Bluff, May 16, 1864, he was wounded in the right hip by two buckshot, which disabled him for a time, and are still embedded there, certainly not adding to his comfort and ease of motion. He received a pension of twelve dollars per month. [He applied for an invalid pension 4 November 1881]. Having served until the close of the war, he was discharged as Corporal; and immediately after his return to New York State in 1865, he settled upon his present farm of eighty-nine acres in Newcomb [Essex Co., NY], where he has since resided. He conducts general farming in a practical and progressive manner, keeping his property up to a high state of cultivation; and his labor is productive of satisfactory results.

Mr. Braley and Miss Harriet Parker, daughter of Zenas Parker, of Newcomb, [her brother, Richard, later of Long Lake, served in the Civil War as well] were united in marriage on May 18, 1867. Of their thirteen children, ten are living, namely: Arthur; Elsie, who formerly was a teacher and is now the wife of Clark Cox, of Newcomb; Alberta; Clarence; Florence; Ernest; Lillian; Leslie; Eddie Leon; and Iva.

In politics Mr. Braley supports the Republican Party with activity, having been a prominent figure in local affairs for several years; and he has served with ability as Assessor and Town Clerk. He is a comrade of William Wood Post, No. 570, Grand Army of the Republic." (1)

Daniel H. and Harriet W. (Parker) Braley had 13 children (all born in Newcomb, Essex Co., NY):

4.1  Arthur Benton Braley, b. 24 April 1868
4.2  Elsie Grace Braley, b. 10 September 1870. Married Clark Cox.
4.3  Alberta Agnes Braley, b. 6 September 1872
4.4  Clarence Zenas Braley, b. 22 November 1874
4.5  Florence Lydia Braley, b. 16 September 1876
4.6  Ernest Henry Braley, 30 September 1879
4.7  Etta May Braley, b. 13 March 1882, d. 22 May 1888
4.8  Lillian Emory Braley, b. 19 August 1884
4.9  Lester Daniel Braley, b. 26 January 1886, d. March 1888
4.10  Leslie Clute Braley, b. 15 August 1889
4.11  Leon Eddie Braley, b. 19 January 1891
4.12  Iva Cardina Braley, b. 6 May 1894
4.13  Unknown Braley, b. and d. before 1896

1.  Leading Citizens of Clinton And Essex Counties New York. (C) 1896. Boston. Biographical Review Publishing Company. Pp 460-461.
2.  Braley Genealogy; The Descendants of Roger Braley 1696 - 1913. Randal, George L., Comp. (C) 1913. New Bedford, Mass. Pp 102 - 103, 162.
3.  United States. National Archives. Pension Index. Microfilm Series T288.
4.  New York. Legislature. Report of the Adjutant-General. 43 vols. Albany: Argus, 1895-1906.
5.  New York. Legislature. New York in the War of the Rebellion. 6 vols. 3rd ed. Albany: Lyon, 1912
6.  Ohio. The General Assembly; The Roster Commission. Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio. 11 vols. Cincinnati: Wilstach, Baldwin, 1886
7.  Long Lake Cemetery [Hamilton Co., NY] listing. (C) 2004 Raymond Smith. Submitted to the Hamilton County, NYGenWeb site by Raymond Smith with permission granted by the Long Lake Town Board.
8.  Sherman County [Nebraska] Deaths, Mid 1917 - 1919 1st Quarter. Submitted to the Sherman County, Nebraska GenWeb site by Judith Guthard. Information from Vital Statistic Records in Sherman County Clerk’s Office.
9.  Florida Death Index. Vol. 1069; Certificate #2881??. Online at
10. 1881 Canadian Census. Godmanchester, Huntingdon, Quebec; Dist. 72, Sub-District F, Pg. 59
11. U.S. Federal Census: 1850 - 1930, various states and counties. Contact submitter for specifics.
12. State census for Long Lake, Hamilton Co., NY 1892. Online on this site.
13. 1890 Veterans Schedule Census: Tacoma, Pierce Co., Washington, ED 103
14. 1891 Tacoma, Washington Directory. Online at
15. Information about the Helms family from Annie Weaver includes birth, marriage and death records recorded at the Hamilton County Clerk’s office as well as newspaper clippings. Thank you Annie.


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